Columbia >Housing Rental > Aspyre At Assembly Station
1000 Whaley Street, Columbia, SC | Directions 2920133.986720 -81.030902
Neighborhoods: Midtown - Downtown
DO NOT LIVE HERE! The staff in unbelievably rude and not accommodating. The parking is the worst and plan on parking several floors up when school is full swing. There is no room for visitor parking so if your parents or family visit - plan on finding an alternate pkg area for them. The worst part is there are bugs EVERYWHERE! They offer to spray monthly as part of the pkg - but why should they have to. Bug traps are in all of the hallways and dead bugs everywhere. My family came in to visit and witnessed this - it was very embarrassing. Can not wait to move out.
Do not live here. The management is awful and rude, as Erin said. The trains are loud enough to wake you up. There are seriously only about 20 visitor spaces for hundreds of apartments. I had an issue and management did nothing to help me. They tow people for no reason and refuse to fix broken things. Constantly surrounded by traffic. Lots of roaches. Very expensive. Fire alarms constantly. Management definitely wrote the posts below. "R&R" and "I love trains"???? Yea ok. Maintenance and close to campus are the only pluses.
I honestly cannot wait to move out. Since the day I moved in, I have had nothing but problems. Upon moving in, our unit had not been cleaned. The carpet was so nasty, it had to be replaced before we could move in. Our blinds were so sticky that when you pulled them up, they didn't come back down. Since then, we have had issues with roaches (LOTS OF THEM) and everything breaks. The only positive I have is that the maintenance guys are very polite. I wish I could say as much for the management team. I have never experienced such rudeness. The management team does not take anyone seriously, especially students. I am a student at the university and every time I have spoken with someone in the office, they will do anything to shut me up. Unfortunately, none of this has actually solved any problems. I had water come through my ceiling this past week when it rained. There are holes in my ceiling and cracks in my walls. My ceiling has also started to grow mold. Typically in a situation like this, there would be some kind of accommodation made. Of course not. I have been sleeping on the couch for almost a week now and nothing has been done to solve the problem except for plaster covering the cracks in the walls. They haven't offered anything to me for the trouble I've been through. I checked the policy about breaking your lease, and it's basically impossible unless you're made of money. I already pay entirely too much to live here. $650 a month for bugs, broken air conditioning, trains that wake me up, leaky ceilings, and mold. I have also been in touch with the actual owner of Aspyre. She seemed at first to be more helpful and concerned, but she has quickly jumped on board with the management team and doesn't seem to care. Long story short, DON'T LIVE HERE. Unless of course you love dealing with people that couldn't care less about you and your satisfaction.
Great place to live! – Aspyre offers a great environment for college students, especially being walking distance to campus. The service has really exceeded my expectations. Yesterday I put in a maintenance request and within 15 minutes someone from the maintenance team arrived. I highly recommend!
This should have an average rating of 1. – First, I think it's pretty apparent that the 4 great reviews in a row are coming from people that work here. No reviews for months, then after tons of stuff goes down at the apartment and several people threaten to do something about it, they write good reviews to make it look like people actually like living here? Lets be serious. No one "likes trains" that constantly make noise and stop traffic or just "heads to the pool for R&R after graduation!" The truth about living here is that they will suck you in and act extremely nice, then once you sign your contract, you can kiss that behavior goodbye. The parking garage is a zoo. I know tons of people that live or have lived here and can only think of a couple who have not had a car that was hit, keyed, or broken into while in the parking garage. The "gates" are more of an inconvenience than a safety precaution, considering they are always broken and anyone can walk in at any time. Security is a HUGE joke. The office staff and Holder Properties management is rude, non-responsive, inconsiderate, and literally could not care less about customer service if you ever have a problem. Oh, and by the way, if you plan on sleeping in your apartment at any time, you probably shouldn't live here. The fire alarm is CONSTANTLY pulled or "triggered" by people or their "guests" smoking. It is escalated during finals - the alarms went off in the middle of the night every single night during finals week, sometimes more than once. The first day of finals, there were eight separate fire alarms (this is not an exaggeration). There have also been apartment break ins and a car was stolen recently out of the garage. The criminals are using preventable methods and management has yet to alert us of anything going on. I decided to live here because I thought, as a girl, I would feel safe - but I feel just the opposite. Can not wait to get out of here and have spoken with several others who are breaking their leases. This place has gotten out of control and I would not recommend living here to anyone. (Oh, and the "rating system" on the Aspyre website is private and they only publish the good reviews, hence their 4.3 rating. Several people have written negative reviews, only to be told by management that they "selectively" use reviews that come in.)
Happy Graduation! – Thanks to Aspyre for being so close to campus - otherwise, I'd probably have never made it to class on time!
After graduating, I'm headed to the pool for some R&R!
Better than dorms, closer than shop road – I moved in Aspyre sophomore year and I'd rather live here than the nasty dorms. It's clean, the pool is awesome and the office gives us free breakfast sometimes. It's a win-win. And I like trains, so they don't bother me.
I don't get it- I like it here... It's close to school. I love the apartment itself, especially the kitchen... I like to cook and need elbow room. I love the pool. Fitness center is small, but it works. And I've never had any issue in my apartment that hasn't been taken care of. Yes, fire alarms are annoying, but that stuff happens everywhere. The office has been apologetic, and obviously they aren't the ones making it go off so, whatever. They say they're working on it. I'm staying here again next year... who the heck wants to live on shop rd??
Great Location! – I have been an aspyre resident for 2 years now. I cannot relate to some of the negative comments that have been listen, all I can say is that I have enjoyed every minute of my stay here. The location is the closest apartment to the university, which is why some students do not even have cars. It's a couple blocks from the strom fitness center and greek village, which is also a plus. I rarely if ever use my car living here. It saves on my gas money. The apartment itself is very nice and new. My unit comes with a patio overlooking the lap pool, which is a great view. This is my first apartment that has a parking deck and I will say it was hard to get used to at first, but I really enjoy the perks of having my car covered and secure at all times. My parents were sold on aspyre because it is one of the most secure apartments for students. The other places are far from campus and in not safe areas of town. The apartment is near a railroad track, but in Columbia no matter where you live you will hear trains. You get used to that in the dorms your first year and after that you dont really notice them. I have several friends that have moved in while I was here and they all have had great experiences as well. In my opinion Aspyre is one of the best apartment options in town.
Everything is horrible except the maintenance – Lived here a year and cannot wait to leave. Fire alarms, car crashes, security guard scuffles, broken gates, robberies, they all take place here and they are all downplayed here by the staff. They can't even take the blame but yet still try to say everything is out of their hands. Don't make the mistake of living here or thinking oh these reviews must just be a small minority of people who don't like living here. No one loves to live here unless they are living here for cheap or free
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